James strikes on debut for Fenmen

Wisbech v Lynn - Wisbech Town goalscorer Tom James gets a lift from Steve Harley.
Wisbech v Lynn - Wisbech Town goalscorer Tom James gets a lift from Steve Harley.
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Wisbech v Lynn - Shane Tolley and Wisbech Town's Jon Fairweather.

Wisbech v Lynn - Shane Tolley and Wisbech Town's Jon Fairweather.

Fierce local rivals Wisbech and King’s Lynn fought out a draw in the blistering Saturday heat.

No quarter was given by either side in an entertaining affair.

The Fenmen took the lead through summer signing Tom James in the first half before poacher supreme Shane Tolley levelled matters after the restart.

Linnets goalkeeper Danny Gay could only half-stop James’ effort from going into the net.

Wisbech v Lynn - Dan Quigley and Wisbech Town's Danny White.

Wisbech v Lynn - Dan Quigley and Wisbech Town's Danny White.

Both sides were missing key players (Anthony Reeve, Scott Johnson and Steve Reid for the Fenmen) but served up some cracking football with chances at either end throughout the 90 minutes.

Wisbech bossed the first half before Lynn’s superior fitness began to kick in after the interval.

Wisbech Town skipper Paul Cousins felt the full fury of Lynn fans when he went in for a 50/50 tackle with Tom Barnes.

Barnes hobbled off with some help and after the game Linnets boss Gary Setchell said there was no malice whatsoever on Cousins’ behalf.

Barnes’ replacement Carlo Coppari almost won it at late on for Lynn when the Italian trialist unleashed a stinging left-footed shot, but Roberts, who had a good game between the posts for the hosts, was equal to it.

Wisbech: Roberts, Spafford, Cousins, Fairweather, Cartwright, Reed (Lunn, 55), Milson, White (Clayton, 80), Gale, James (Friend, 66), Harley (Bacon, 55). Sub not used: Jordan. Goal: James (39)

Referee: T. Hancock.

Attendance: 360.